Rays vs. Orioles: Ryan Yarbrough on the mound

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With a day off after Wednesday’s extra-inning loss to the Nationals, the American League-leading Rays are back in action tonight, hosting the Orioles at 7:10.

Ryan Yarbrough will be on the mound, making his first start since throwing his first career complete game, and the Rays’ first since 2016, in his last outing June 3 in New York.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Yarbrough had everything working in that game.

“To get that deep in a ballgame and throw nine complete, you’ve got to have a good feel for all your stuff,” Cash said. “I thought that the backdoor cutter/changeup combination to all the righties was good. Obviously with this (Baltimore) lineup having some more lefties and switch-hitters in there, (he will) have to be able to get some balls away from lefties, drive balls in a little bit more.

“This team actually had a pretty good approach against him last time we played. They came out aggressive, didn’t let him get to his pitches early on. But still, Yarbs did his thing. So if he can kind of combat that aggressive approach, get some weak contact and keep his pitch count (low), maybe we’ll have another complete game.”

The AL-trailing Orioles are starting lefty Keegan Akin.

Cash said first baseman Ji-Man Choi (left groin strain) batted eight times in an extended spring game on Friday in Port Charlotte and felt good. He will play the field Saturday in another extended spring game, and if all is well he could be activated as soon as Sunday.

Cash also said the Rays are eager to see reliever Matt Wisler, acquired Friday in a trade with the Giants, and have some ideas that may help him improve.

Here is the Rays lineup:

And here is the Orioles lineup:

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